- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: Eclipse Naturalcare Ltd; First edition (1 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0955790905
- ISBN-13: 978-0955790904
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.6 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,118,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Body Language of Health Hardcover – 1 Dec 2007
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About the Author
Hamish MacGregor trained as a pathologist and developed his career as a forensic scientist in criminalistics, dealing with the macabre to the ridiculous. Here he has turned his inquisitive mind to the reasons behind many 'wives tales' such as masturbating makes you go blind' to the truth about cholesterol (you need plenty of it) and salt (take as much as your taste buds are telling you' and including many amazing facts about how the body tells you its early signs of disease.
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The biggest problem is the lack of formatting. There are no chapters as such and the book is basically one long essay, with a few headings here and there. I couldn't imagine anyone reading the book from cover to cover. However, the table of contents at the front of the book is good, so if you can find the particular condition you are interested in and go directly to that page number, you may find some useful information once you have worked around the padding.
In summary, the book contains some useful information albeit with a lot of padding and is poorly formatted. I would cautiously recommend it on the grounds that there are occasional bursts of genuinely interesting facts and the book is cheaply priced for a hardback.
Let me say this, there is a reason this man used a pen name and not his real name. And it's not because the medical community is going to be put out of business by this book. Its because the author really just doesn't know what he is talking about. Like a previous reviewer said, the author puts in a lot of fluff, and the reason is he doesn't know much about the topic. As a premed graduate, browsing through the book revealed a bunch of flaws that really deflate his ideas (in ones mind). One trivial example is that the author thinks baking powder is the same thing as baking soda. Other times he fails to mention innovative ideas like problems that candida and parasitic infections can cause such as heartburn, bloating, tiredness, insomnia, etc. He seems to think every problem is because of vitamin and mineral deficiency.
In conclusion, we really need this book to help us understand our bodies. However we need this book to be rewritten by somebody who actually knows what they are talking about.
Looking deeper the author does have some brilliant ideas like another reviewer posted. One example is the link between zinc, vitamin a, and procreation, but his logic isn't always well researched.
One thing that is very off-putting about this book and shows that the author doesn't know much about the subject is that underneath every problem it says in big letters; you may be deficient in biotin, you may be deficient in magneisum... It seems he referenced a book on vitamin and mineral deficiency symptoms, and outlined his book based on that. Then peppered in are some of his own theories (which are interesting and useful for further study) and actual study results. But I would say there is a better chance than not that the explanation for a given topic does not apply to your specific problem. What is worse the author is very commanding (at the same time as being ignorant). For example the author says "So MPB (male pattern baldness) chaps need to look after their prostate and heart." I thought I was going to get a theory that formulates a picture of what is happening in Male pattern baldness, not just health advice by a non-doctor.
I don't want to know what my possible deficiencies are (because I eat almost entirely fruits and vegetables for one), I want theories that explain the intricate pathogenesis (how the disease started and progressed and what factors are involved in keeping the problem there) of the problem. If how the problem works is known, an almost limitless range of treatment options will come forward. What the author and I are good at is coming up with possible theories to how a given problem works. The author needs to stick to that.
In conclusion; delete all of the vitamin and mineral deficinecy jargon, Keep all of the interesting ideas and turn the ideas into theories by using study results and biological, chemical, medical, and engineering understanding to formulate all inclusive theories as to how the disease works in the body and what all is involved with that. See my blog for examples of how to do this: [...]